University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dewitt Clinton Thomas, Sr., Reminiscences, 1836-1912, [ca. 1964]

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thomas, Dewitt Clinton, Sr.
Title: Thomas, Dewitt Clinton, Sr., Reminiscences
Dates: 1836-1912, [ca. 1964]
Abstract: Reminiscences of Dewitt Clinton Thomas, Sr., relating to his family's move to Texas and their experiences. Also includes advice to friends and relatives as well as such subjects as dancing, marriage, and medical cures or remedies.
Accession No.: 66-5
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

DeWitt Clinton Thomas (1836-1912) was born in Lawrence County, Alabama. In 1844, his family moved to Milam County, Texas (now Burleson County) where they engaged in farming and raising livestock. At the beginning of the Civil War, Thomas was the first man in Burleson County to enlist and received a commission as a lieutenant in Company A, First Regiment of Texas Mount Rifles commanded by Henry E. McCulloch. After one year of service, he enlisted in the Second Texas legion under General Waul. Thomas was captured and imprisoned by the Union for nearly two years and was one of the last Texan soldiers to return home. Thomas married Jennie Hewlett of Lexington, Texas in 1871. By the 1880s, he had served as mayor, county sheriff, clerk, and judge of Lampasas.


Daniel, L. E. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, Embracing the Executive and Staff, Heads of the Departments, United States Senators and Representatives, Members of the Twenty-First Legislature. Austin: Smith, Hicks & Jones, State Printers, 1889.

Scope and Contents

The Dewitt Clinton Thomas, Sr., Reminiscences, 1836-1912, relate to his family's move to Texas and their experiences, as well as Thomas's life as a farmer, merchant, Confederate officer, and later as a county official. Using his own experiences, Thomas gives advice to friends and relatives. He also writes on several subjects such as dancing, marriage, land titles, and cures or remedies for several diseases or illnesses.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Carroll, C. C.
Jones, Samuel
King, C.
McCullough, Henry E. (Henry Eustace), 1816-1895
Thomas, DeWitt Clinton, Sr., 1836-1912 -- Archives
Thomas, Eustace
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army.
County official -- Texas -- History
Farmer -- Texas -- History
Livestock -- Breeding -- Texas -- History -- Sources
Livestock farms -- Texas -- History -- Sources
Merchant -- Texas -- History -- Sources
Belton (Tex.)
Burleson County (Tex.)
Lampasas (Tex.)
Lampasas County (Tex.)
Lee County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

DeWitt Clinton Thomas, Sr., Reminiscences, 1836-1912, [ca. 1964], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Walter H. Richter, October 18, 1965.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2L417 Remininscences 1836-1912, [ca. 1964]